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Julia Lindgren

[Julia Lindgren]

Assistant Professor, Architecture
Last Updated: October 28, 2021
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Research Interests

Research Interests
My research interests include community-based architectural design-build practices using design as a tool to inform more diverse, equitable and inclusive neighborhoods in partnership with marginalized communities including low-income, immigrant and black and brown communities.

Research Keywords

Research Keywords
Community Power, Design Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests
Design-build, Architecture, Community Engagement, Housing, Public Interest Design

Biography

Biography

Julia is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where she teaches design-build studios and seminars focused on social equity and community engagement. Through practice, research and teaching, Julia explores the ways in which design processes can be used to restructure the distribution of power within cities.

Julia Lindgren, is a trained architect, builder and urban thinker with experience directing programs across public and private sectors in New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas and Brownsville. She is guided by the belief that true equity can only be achieved when residents and community stakeholders work together to shape their surroundings. Julia works daily in partnership with marginalized communities including low-income, immigrant and black and brown communities to solve complex urban problems through the thoughtful act of design and making.

Prior to joining UTA, Julia was a member of Hester Street’s Leadership Team where she worked on projects ranging in scale from a modest transformation of a men’s shelter yard to re-designing the way NY State does code enforcement. She managed a diverse team of up to 10 staff and a portfolio of over $45M in design-build and community facility projects. Julia has assembled numerous multi-disciplinary project teams and has invented situation specific processes to deliver innovative solutions that improve people’s lives. Prior to working at Hester Street, Julia was a Designer at ISA and bcWORKSHOP, where she managed team-based design projects, coordination with technical consultants, communication with clients, negotiations with government officials and community workshops. While at ISA, Julia led an outcomes-based design studio in partnership with public health practitioners and Enterprise Community Partners that explored how various design decisions can be leveraged to optimize population-level health impacts. Before that, Julia developed and implemented initiatives in Dallas and Brownsville, Texas to improve equity through projects that included rapid recovery disaster housing, resident-informed participatory home design, and UTRGV inclusionary planning.

Julia’s passion for design continuously feeds her love of travel, people, and working with her hands.

Appointments

Appointments

    • Sept 2016 to July 2020 Senior Project Manager
      Hester Street (HST)
    • Jan 2014 to Sept 2016 Architectural Designer
      Interface Studio Architects (ISA)
    • Jan 2014 to June 2015 Project Manager + Designer
      HealthXDesign (HxD)
    • Feb 2011 to June 2014 Designer
      buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcW)
    • Jan 2010 to Dec 2010 Community Designer
      Pomegranate Center
    • Sept 2006 to July 2008 Construction Supervisor
      Flatirons Habitat for Humanity

Support & Funding

Support & Funding

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    • Jan 2021 to Aug 2022 David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture Design Justice Initiatives in Joppa sponsored by  -  $20000
      (Funded)

Presentations

    •  2019
      , "The Housing System: From Silos to Systems". ( , 2019).
    •  2018
      , "Annual Student Program". ( , 2018).
    •  2018
      , "HPD Small Lot Infill". ( , 2018).
    •  2018
      , "Neighborhood Activation Study". ( , 2018).
    •  2018
      , "Panel on Public Engagement". ( , 2018).
    •  2017
      , "Creative Conversations". ( , 2017).
    •  2017
      , "Parks and Public Space". ( , 2017).
    •  2017
      , "Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab". ( , 2017).
    •  2016
      , "Expanding Capacity: An Outcomes-Based Approach". ( , 2016).
    •  2015
      , "Outcomes Based Design Studio". ( , 2015).
    •  2014
      , "Sustainable, Equitable, Connected Communities". ( , 2014).

Courses

      • ARCH 4556-003 DESIGN STUDIO: ARCH III
        (Course Id: 100146)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 4395-201 SELECTED TOPICS ARCH
        (Course Id: 100121)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 4395-201 SELECTED TOPICS ARCH
        (Topic: Reshaping the Suburban City | Course Id: 100121)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2021
      • ARCH 5395-201 TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE
        (Course Id: 100225)
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2021 Download Syllabus
      • ARCH 5395-201 TOPICS IN ARCHITECTURE
        (Topic: Reshaping the Suburban City | Course Id: 100225)
        Summer - Five Week - Second - 2021

Service to the University

    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs | Study Abroad Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      School of Architecture | Lectures, Exhibits, Publications and Events Committee
    • Sept 2020 to  Present Committee Member
      School of Architecture | Studio Culture Committee

Service to the Profession

    • Dec 2020 to  Present
      Committee MemberTexas,
      TxA | Community-Engaged Design Committee
    • Oct 2020 to  Present
      Committee Member (Dallas, Texas,
      AIA Dallas | Housing Summit Committee

Service to the Community

Service to the Community

    • Jan 2019 to  Present
      Board Member (New York, New York,
      Summertime
    • Jan 2019 to  July 2020
      Committee Member (New York, New York,
      Make the Road New York Public Art Committee